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Adopt-A-Grandparent Builds Beloved Relationships Through Generations

There may be some individuals out there who have had the unfortunate reality of never developing a relationship with a grandparent, whether it’s due to distance or death. In this case, one is missing out on all the benefits a grandparent can offer.

A grandparent provides you with endless tales about their past lives, tales set as far back as the 1930s in some cases. Not only are the stories a verbal time machine when one listens to them, but they also provide perspectives from times our generation never experienced, which in some way a grandparent can use as an answer to an issue one may be dealing with at the time.

A grandparent knows which foods to make when their grandchild is feeling low, and they know exactly what to say to their grandchild, when the parents just don’t understand. A grandparent is a true gift. So one Georgia State organization made it their mission, for those who were short a grandparent in their lives, to be able to form substitute relationships with older adults within the Atlanta area.

Adopt-A-Grandparent (AGP) allows students and elder individuals living in retirement homes to connect on a deeper level through activities and programs. Calina Clark, Adopt-A-Grandparent President at Georgia State, and faculty advisor Jennifer Craft Morgan, provided The Signal with insight on how AGP functions and develops intergenerational bonds.

 

To view the full story, please visit Georgia State University’s, The Signal.